The students covered and participated in public forms with the mayor, police chief and talked about starting YMP to 1 Million Cups and other groups. After the summer ended, many of the students returned to do a SWOT analysis on the project, suggesting additions such as music production. They also want more diversity beyond the black-white mix the first summer.
After a fall hiatus, the program resumed with Wingfield students learning writing from Ladd; podcasting with Beau York of Podastery; photography with Imani Khayyam; and video from Roderick Red, who owns film company Red Squared Productions.
The students' mini-documentary, "HB 1523: Growing Up LGBT in Mississippi," was accepted into the Youth Films division of the Crossroads Film Festival and will screen in April 2017.
Their workspace, formerly the Associated Press newsroom, is almost 3,000 square feet with a large shared meeting space, a kitchen and smaller "houses" for video, writing and podcasting. Oh, and lots of beanbags.
<em>Visit youthmediaproject.com and see their work at jxnpulse.com.</em>